National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee guidelines

Read guidelines about animal welfare published by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC).

About our guidelines

NAWAC has published guidelines explaining how the committee works. It updates the guidelines regularly to reflect the experiences gained during NAWAC's deliberations.

These guidelines are not a legal interpretation of the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

  1. Approach to the consideration of draft codes of welfare [PDF, 35 KB]
  2. Dealing with practices which might be inconsistent with the spirit of the Animal Welfare Act [PDF, 43 KB]
  3. Setting minimum standards where section 73(3) applies [Revoked] [PDF, 66 KB]
  4. Process for the development of codes of welfare [PDF, 331 KB]
  5. Role of science in setting animal welfare standards [PDF, 115 KB]
  6. Wider issues relevant to setting minimum standards [PDF, 143 KB]
  7. Taking account of society’s ethical values, technical viewpoints and public opinion [PDF, 23 KB]
  8. Balancing animal welfare needs (under review)
  9. Assessing the welfare performance of restraining and kill traps [PDF, 311 KB]
  10. Phasing out one animal management system in favour of another [PDF, 25 KB]
  11. Principles of consultation [PDF, 60 KB]
  12. Prioritisation framework [PDF, 52 KB]
  13. Recommending regulations where section 183A(2) applies [PDF, 37 KB]
  14. Determining level of intervention [PDF, 94 KB]

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